This image is used by Leigh Fermor to describe the speed and flow of Slavs into a region. Although I played the game of Grandmother’s Steps as a child, I had never heard it called by this name before and had to look it up. I remember it as being called something like ‘Statues’.
‘… silently soaking in, spreading like liquid across blotting paper with the speed of a game of Grandmother’s Steps.’
Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts: On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 227
Photo credit: PublicDomainPictures at pixabay.com